This guide aims to equip families, couples, and singles to conduct home worship on the Lord’s Day. Home worship cannot replace the God-ordained purpose and power of corporate worship as the church, but during this time of crisis, we hope it will be used by God to encourage believers and equip husbands, fathers, and spiritual heads to lead their family in worship.
Who should participate in home worship?
We encourage families with children of all ages to participate. We recommend conducting home worship on Sundays at 9:15am (~1 hour). It is advisable for all family members to still wake up at a reasonable hour, change out of their pajamas, eat breakfast, and then gather in the living room.
For singles, we encourage you to connect with a small group of friends over a video-conferencing platform and conduct home worship together.
Who should lead home worship?
In accordance with the pattern set in Scripture, we encourage believing husbands/fathers to lead their families in home worship. In instances where there is not a father in the home or the father is not a Christian, the mother will need to assume this role. Among smaller non-family gatherings, the group can assign the task to conduct the home worship to any believing member. If you are not in a group, the following guide can still be utilized for personal devotion.
What resources are available to help children join home worship?
Here are resources to help your children follow along with the sermon message:
- Worship with Parents Notes generic notes page for kids to use when joining parents during Worship at Home.
- Sermon Notes with Fill in the Blanks and song lyrics – provided by Aaron Becker
Which language should we use to conduct home worship?
Each family should decide which language is most suitable for all family members. Mandarin and Cantonese worship guides are available.
How can I give during this temporary suspension of services?
Offerings and donations can be given online through HCC’s PayPal Giving Fund. We encourage members to stay the course of faithful generosity to the Lord and the ministry of his church.
Sunday, March 28, 2021 | 9:15am
Special Word to Members
Call to Worship
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Leader then prays for God to prepare everyone’s heart for worship
Recitation of the Westminster Creed
Leader (L): As we respond to the call to worship, we begin by identifying he whom we worship. Let us recite together the beginning of a creed that is based on the the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
- L + All:
I believe in man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
I believe that the word of God, contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule given to direct us how to glorify and enjoy God.
I believe God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth;
I believe there is but one true and living God;
That there are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost;
And that these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory;
I believe God has foreordained whatever comes to pass;
That God made all things of nothing, by the word of His power, in the space of six days, and all very good;
And that God preserves and governs all His creatures and all their actions.
Worship in Song
Living Hope | Song Lyrics
Confession of Sin
- Leader (L): Let us confess our sins to the Lord, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
- L + All: Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
Worship in Song
Jesus Strong and Kind | Song Lyrics
[For Outdoor Worshippers: Facebook Live Stream of Outdoor Baptisms]
Responsive Reading (Luke 19:28-30; 35-40)
Leader (L): And when he has said these things, Jesus went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.
All (A): When he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount that is called Olivet, he sent two of the disciples, saying,
L: “Go into the village in front of you, where on entering you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever yet sat. Untie it and bring it here.”
- A: And they brought it to Jesus and throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it.
L: And as he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road.
A: As he was drawing near – along on the way down the Mount of Olives –
L: The whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying,
A: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
L: And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him,
A: “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered,
L: “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.“
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise Jesus for his courage – setting his face like a flint towards Jerusalem knowing the trouble to come.
- Confess that we fall short of that courage and often hide our faith to avoid trouble.
- Thank God for his gift of grace through the suffering and sacrifice of Christ for us.
- Pray that believers and unbelievers alike would be strongly impressed by the grace of God this Easter season.
- Pray for the families of the victims in both the recent Boulder and Atlanta shootings.
- Pray for the fear people feel over recent incidents of anti-Asian sentiment and violence.
- Pray for our collective grief over multiple stories of gun violence and mass shootings.
- Pray for our government leaders to work together to pass sensible laws to mitigate gun violence.
Leader concludes with a prayer for our hearts to humbly receive the reading and preaching of God’s Word
Leader asks someone to read aloud
Buried with Christ (Minister Henry Ow) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Raised to Life | Song Lyrics
Guided Prayer (by Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751)
Leader (L): As often as we are tempted to run from serving you, Lord, let us remember the price with which we are bought.
All (A): How great a price, the thought of which fills us even with secret shame- as well as admiration and love
L: Lord, you have paid such a ransom for me! Shall I now act as if I thought it was not enough?
A: May we be entirely yours! And may we make it our business to glorify you with our bodies and with our spirits, which are yours.
- L+A: Lord, we await your salvation. And in the meantime, we will follow your commands. Amen.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him all creatures here below; Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
- English Congregational Prayer Meeting | Wednesday, Mar 31st | 7:30pm-8:30pm
While this pandemic continues, we’re going to hold a weekly English congregation prayer meeting via Zoom (hcc.lv/EnglishPrayerMeeting). We’ll also hold an optional Hangout with the Staff from 8:30-9:00pm.
- Project 1024 | Thursday, April 1st
WARM (Welcoming and Receiving Ministry) team wants to connect you with other members or guests of our church to establish and/or deepen relationships within the English congregation. The goal is to stir up one another to love and good works; to not neglect to meet together; and to encourage one another while we are physically separated. This will be a monthly recurring event, and the deadline to sign up for April is April 1st. For more details and to sign-up, please click here.
- Good Friday Worship Service Registration | Friday, April 2nd | 6:00pm – 7:00pm
In-person worship service with will be held on Friday, April 2nd at 6:00pm in the HCC parking lot. Outdoor seating and Drive-in spaces will be available at a limited capacity. Registrations will be open Sunday, March 28th at 12:00pm and will be tracked on a first come first serve basis. Please read all precautions and guidelines carefully and register here: hcc.lv/GoodFriday2021
- English Outdoor Worship Service Registration | Sunday, April 4th | 9:15am – 10:30am
In-person worship service with will be held on Sunday, April 4th at 9:15 a.m. in the HCC parking lot. We will be opening up an OUTDOOR SEATING option for up to 60 attendees. Drive-in spaces will still be available for those who prefer to stay in the car. This week we will have Easter activity packs for children 5th grade and under,please indicate that you would like one when you register. Registrations will be tracked on a first come first served basis starting each Sunday at 12:00pm. Please read the precautions and guidelines carefully and register here: hcc.lv/EnglishOutdoorService
- Save the Date : Emotional Health For Adolescents and Young Adults | Friday, April 30 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm (English) | Saturday, May 1 at 9:00am – 11:00am (Chinese)
Depressed. Anxious. Suffocated. Withdrawn. Lonely. Isolated. Does this describe you or someone you know? These feelings have surely been heightened during the pandemic. How do we respond to such challenges, and how will the eternal gospel of Jesus Christ equip believers to do good for those who are experiencing these health issues? Dr. Philip Siu, MD will address these and other issues in a special Family Life Conference.
- Global 6K Run for Water | Saturday, May 22nd
On May 22, 2021, HCC will be participating in the World Vision’s Global 6K for Water, which unites people around the world to walk/run on the same day for the same cause. When you register for the Global 6K for Water, your registration fee provides lasting clean water to one child in the developing world. Will you join us on May 22 to help end the water crisis? If you register before April 12th and use the code “CLEANWATER”, you save $15 off of the registration fee. The route will be near HCC; specifics will be determined at a later date. Please contact Michael Ong (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any questions. Register using this link to join the HCC team and please see the promotional video inEnglish andChinese.
- Join us as we celebrate the baptisms of Patrick Bi, Sharon Xie, Jamie Lu, Raymond Zou, Cory Pan, Zoe Yang, Joy Xia, Monica Lu, Rachel Wang, and Eric Nalley. These individuals will be baptized during the English Outdoor Worship service.
- Support for the Holberg Family
As we send our condolences to the Holberg family, we also encourage our HCC family to prayerfully consider committing to supporting Mike’s family. You can give in a variety of ways including the Holberg’s giving site, give.cru.org/0465857 or you can go to Give.Cru.Org to search their name or use their account (#0465857). If you would like to send a check toCru, please use this address: PO Box 628222, Orlando, FL 32862-8222 and include Jenny’s account number on your check.
Lenten Devotional ResourcesLent is often described as a time of preparation and an opportunity to go deeper with God. It is a time for personal reflection that prepares people’s hearts and minds for Good Friday and Easter. Lent spans 40 days (not including Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to the Saturday before Easter. HCC has prepared some valuable resources for you and your family to use for Lent.
COVID-19 Financial Relief Fund Application
Since COVID-19 has caused a destructive economic impact on individuals and families, HCC Council has decided to provide financial relief to HCC families with economic difficulty: if a family no longer has income due to a job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic, the church will give a one-time relief of two thousand dollars out of the HCC COVID-19 Relief Fund. All applicable HCC members can apply by clicking here.
- Global Outreach Spotlight for March
HCC supports several long term missionaries in their work to spread the Good News. Join us in praying for this month’s missionary spotlight.
HCC Weekly Financial Records & Online Giving UpdatesWe want to provide access to the weekly financial records that are normally found in our church bulletins. We are thankful to God for your continued faithful giving, even during this season of hardship. For more information on how to give online and special alerts, please see and HCC Online Giving Page.
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Kids Church Online For Children
For Families with Children (3 years old to 5th Grade), HCC Children’s Ministry is providing a KidsChurch Online weekly lesson for your children. This will take the place of our weekly Kids Church or Sunday School.
Mr Frank’s suggestion is to plan your Sunday morning to hold Kids Church Online either before or after your Home Worship Time. If you plan to hold Home Worship at 9:15am as suggested, then have Kids Church Online before or after your home worship. You can allow your children to participate in Kids Church Online by themselves or join your kids. Another option is to use Kids Church Online for your kids during the sermon message portion of Home Worship.
Mr. Frank will be available online through Zoom at Kids Church Online MeetUp to say hello and answer questions. He will be online at either 10:30-11:00am and 12:15-12:45pm each Sunday if your kids want to say hello and tell me what they think of each Sunday’s lesson. The link to the Zoom meeting will be posted after each week’s Kids Church Online.
Missed a Sunday? Access a previous worship guide in our archive page.